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15 Feb

Dear Mark: Raw Eggs

raweggA glassful of raw eggs incites mixed reactions for many of us. It’s routine for some and revulsion for others. Commonly associated with bodybuilders and boxers (the Rocky scene) who want to bulk up, a lot of folks who fit neither category include them on a regular basis for simple nutritional reasons. However, there’s more to the picture, as this reader’s email suggests.

Dear Mark,

I have searched the site to see if there is any pros/cons of eating raw eggs. I know in the past, CW says that eating raw eggs can create a biotin deficiency in our bodies. I like having a couple of raw eggs in my whey protein drink after a workout. Do you have any information that would be helpful in the use of raw eggs?

Eggs in general are a nutritional (and wholly Primal!) powerhouse with impressive supplies of selenium, iodine, phosphorus, molybdenum, choline, lutein, vitamins A, B2, B5, B12, E, D and K. Add to this a healthy 5.5 grams of protein, 20% of your RDA for tryptophan and essential fatty acids. But what’s the specific draw to raw eggs?

A lot of folks choose to eat raw eggs because some nutrients can be diminished by heating. (Although this is true of cooking just about anything, cooking also makes certain nutrients more bioavailable – hence the constant pull and push between the raw foodists and traditional cooks.) Some people feel any change in the chemical structure is to be avoided. Others don’t. Although some vitamins (like vitamins C, B6 and B9) are more fragile and lose potency during heating (the more/longer heat, the more loss), other nutrients are enhanced. As reader Tuscoyote noted in the forum a few months ago, researchers have found that egg protein is more bioavailable when heated. (Thanks for the NPR link, Tuscoyote!) Here’s the study referenced in that interview. The study showed that egg protein is more digestible (94% versus 55-64%) when heated, probably due to alteration of the protein’s structure and the ability of digestive enzymes to infiltrate peptide bonds. Whether you eat your eggs heated or raw (or a little of both) in part depends on your goal in eating them to begin with.

As for drawbacks, there’s the well-circulated salmonella risk, which isn’t the dire prospect it’s often made out to be. The risk has been estimated as 1 in 10,000 (CDC) or 1 in 30,000 (Risk Analysis journal). And though washing eggshells can reduce much of the risk, it doesn’t eliminate it entirely. Salmonella can be present in the yolk due to infection in the hen’s reproductive tissue.

Of course, not all eggs are created equal when it comes to salmonella or nutrition. Not only are organic, free range eggs more nutrient-dense, one study found them to be significantly less contaminated than battery cage hens. Hens that graze and eat a natural diet as well as have more space to roam (to avoid living in feces) are naturally healthier. While the survey determined a quarter of battery cage groups to be contaminated, only 5% of those that were both organic and free range showed contamination. (Free-range, non-organic came up at 6.5%.) Simple refrigeration can keep any salmonella bacteria from multiplying, which minimizes the risk of actual illness from contaminated eggs. In those who are very young, pregnant or immune-compromised, salmonella risk is more of a consideration.

As you mention, eating raw eggs carries the eventual risk of a biotin deficiency. Although egg yolk is actually a rich source of biotin, the white contains avidin, a glycoprotein that bonds with biotin, preventing the nutrient’s absorption. Avidin is generally inactivated when cooked, which makes the biotin in the yolk fully available for absorption by the body. You don’t have to rule out raw eggs by any means. I wouldn’t advise eating them daily for long stretches of time without a biotin supplement (supported within a B-complex intake, since these vitamins work synergistically). If you’re eating them just a few times a week, the risk for deficiency isn’t as great, but I would still do a supplement or at least make sure I was getting a hefty amount of biotin rich food (swiss chard, tomatoes, carrots, liver and others) the days I eat raw eggs. As a compromise, some folks will just eat the raw yolks alone and cook up the whites later.

All that said, raw eggs can be part of your Primal fare. (There are advantages to cooked eggs, but it’s however you enjoy them.) If you like raw eggs, I’d say have at it – with the above info in mind. If you would rather cook them, I’d suggest going easy on the heat to avoid overcooking. Some folks suggest choosing cooking methods that leave the egg yolk intact and soft (like sunny side up or poached) because of concerns about oxidizing the cholesterol. I’m not too concerned about the small amount that might result from my breakfast routine. For myself, I take a middle road (mostly for taste). Sometimes I do my omelets, but just as often these days I’ll poach them so the egg white is cooked and yolk runny. Just had two for breakfast in fact.

Let me know your take on raw versus runny versus fully cooked. For those who go raw or not, how do you eat them? Thanks for all your questions and comments, and keep ‘em coming!

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  1. I love eggs. I eat them raw in my protein shake. I fry them for lunch. I make custards with them for dessert. Cooked or raw, you can’t go wrong.

    Diana Renata wrote on February 15th, 2010
    • I start my mornings with a semi primal coffee. I’ve always been a cream and sugar coffee drinker so here’s my coffee. I heat up some eggs still in the shell in a pan with water to about 140 degrees, then drop in the 2 eggs and a few extra egg whites into a vitamix blender set on the lowest speed. bring some milk to a boil in the microwave and add it with some instant coffee and a little agave nectar and a tbsp or so of extra virgin coconut oil for flavor. Not entirely primal but so good.
      I am wondering about oxidized cholesterol with the boil milk and yolks but I don’t think I’ll find an answer to that one.

      Ben K wrote on February 16th, 2010
      • I’m not one to tell someone what to eat cause I love pizza, but I do for most of the time eat healthy. First off, sugar is responsible for over 70 different health problems, so it might be a good idea to just avoid it or exchange it for pure stevia. Check out http://livingwellspinecenter.com/high-fructose-corn-syrup-monopoly-cracks if you don’t believe me. Secondly, your cream is most likely from homogenized and pasteurized dairy products. Also, not healthy. Read http://wewantorganicfood.com/2008/01/26/pasteurizing-milk-destroys-essential-nutrients/. Boiling milk kills off all the good that it does your body. Best milk to look for is organic grass fed raw milk. Google it. Most of the time, you have to go to a farm to look for it, but it’s worth it.

        As far as your concern for oxidation, anytime you cook eggs, you oxidize the cholesterol in it which forms free radicals in your body. Raw eggs won’t do that to you. Same thing happens with milk. If you cook milk, you oxidize the cholesterol within it. Raw milk is far safer.

        Len wrote on March 12th, 2011
        • Almost everything you said about pasteurized milk is entirely wrong. Sources: (http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm079516.htm) (http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/rawmilk/raw-milk-index.html) (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6481912) When using non-pasteurized dairy products you greatly increase your chance of contracting Listeria, and other nasty food borne illnesses. These illnesses will take you out of the gym or your workout routine or off your normal diet for a number of days if not weeks.

          Jacob wrote on December 5th, 2013
        • This is a reply to Jacob immediately below. Strangely, there is no “reply” button in my browser beneath Jacob’s post, so I am offering it here.

          I am not sure if Jacob is trolling, but believe the disparity of sentiment comes from the interpretation of the word “safer”.

          When considering pasteurized milk, it does seem safer in the short-term. Certainly our culture has generally adopted the believe that unpasteurized milk is very dangerous and should be avoided at all cost because somebody somewhere got sick from exposure.. Good FDA documentation supports this belief. To this end, I have never known anyone that got sick from eating sterilized food lacking some/all enzymes or bacteria (i.e. a Snickers Bar). Hence, it would seems safer to avoid any & all activity that might harm the body. It would also seem safer to avoid lifting weights at all cost. I would have never injured my lower back doing squats, or injured my elbow doing French Curls if I would have avoided the gym.

          The general assertion herein is that long term safe health is better served by feeding the body active enzymes and bacteria and gym workouts – despite the fact that somebody somewhere in history was indeed actually harmed by these things.

          On a personal level, I drank grass fed Jersey cow milk for about 1 year. It tasted wonderful, and I never got sick. I stopped drinking the stuff because the milk fat content was extremely high and I was putting on weight. And, getting the milk was a hassle.

          For me and my body, raw eggs are a boon. They are cheap, they make me feel better. And, they help me keep my weight down.

          After drinking thousands of eggs, I am not worried about salmonella – despite was the CDC or FDA might convey about the distant history of these problems. I’m more worried about smallpox than salmonella.

          For my LONG TERM safe health, I’ll keep drinking raw eggs.

          Dave

          Dave wrote on December 6th, 2013
        • I’m also replying to ‘Jakob’ re: pasteurizing milk.
          There were several outbreaks of milk-borne illnesses in the early 20th century, and this was directly related to the cleanliness of the dairy facility and the cows living conditions. In this day and age it should not be a problem. When compared to other sources of listeria, ie: cantaloupe, raw dairy is the lowest. Pasteurized dairy has a higher count of causing it. So…

          Terrie wrote on December 19th, 2013
      • microwave???? what is the point of having raw eggs when you put microwaved milk in your body? strange. if you must boil, use the stove.

        pamina wrote on December 28th, 2013
        • Never ever use the damn microwave! Wake up people!

          Jahn Laster wrote on April 3rd, 2014
    • I’ve been researching eggs in general because my father has had a couple of strokes and has atrial fibrilation and someone said to feed him lots of eggs. He has avoided them for years because of the so-called cholesterol dangers. What I found is that among many nutrients, eggs are an excellent source of the amino acid, Taurine, which is very good for heart function (especially irregular heartbeat) and helps prevent strokes. When I shared this info with my mom, she said her friend’s father lived to 110 years old and drank 10 raw eggs blended with orange juice every single day. Even if you wouldn’t attribute his longevity to eggs, at the very least you could see that he couldn’t have had any significant biotin deficiency and there were obviously no cholesterol dangers associated with the eggs- especially that many eggs and for so long.

      Dianne wrote on June 29th, 2010
      • My grandma had a friend who lived into his 90′s. His breakfast for most of his life was scrambled eggs with garlic.

        ryan wrote on June 30th, 2012
      • There is no scientific evidence that milk causes any health risk. Just because someone with a nice title says it. I have yet to see anywhere where it’s been scientifically proven milk harms your body. Stop believing everything your read on the internet. If milk harmed your body. There would be a warning label on the container. Or milk companies would be getting sued out their asses. Use your head people. If you drank milk every day with and without being warned got deficiencies in your body… You would sue. Were are the law suits??? Yea… That’s what i thought. “Its on the internet, so it must be true” method of think of the common man now… I drink almost half a gallon of milk a day. And I run marathons. Go to the gym. I’m in the army so i pt. I’m in spec ops army. So I pt hard…. And I have yet to have any problems with milk. Milk has been out for so long. It used to be the only way to gain weight before these protein shakes hit.. And yet you haven’t heard one story of milk killing some one… Arnold used to drink like a gallon a day. Looks fine to me. Start using your heads instead of relying on other people to use their heads then write about it on the internet

        Ant wrote on July 1st, 2014
        • What other animal in nature drinks milk once it has grown beyond a baby?

          Herb wrote on July 3rd, 2014
    • You look and sound like a dirty nasty skank hoe.

      machine wrote on June 17th, 2011
      • All right, that is sooo unnecessary it’s ridiculous, I wanted to post something in case you come back. If you tend to think of people like that you only start with yourself first…. :(

        susan wrote on December 7th, 2011
      • Machine…..go crawl back into the hole you came from!

        scott wrote on January 21st, 2012
        • after confirming the details about raw eggs. i took my first ever raw egg (from free range )and its been pretty easy drinking it raw without blending it n stuff. lets hope for best

          arsh wrote on February 6th, 2012
        • Machine come n suck it like a real machine

          Bond wrote on July 27th, 2013
    • Lately been eating 4-5 raw egg whites and through in one with it’s yolk. Fresh eggs from our hens….. Mix in some fresh goats milk from our goats…
      Add some fresh fruit , blueberries / strawberries / apples / banana and or a tad bit of honey from our neighbors and or some organic maple syrup. Blend it all up. Good stuff…oh yeah and a nice cup of freshly ground organic sumatra coffee run through the expresso machine mixed in with some raw sugar and more goats milk…
      Can we say Good Morning!

      mgzzcool wrote on August 10th, 2012
      • Lately been eating 4-5 raw egg whites and through in one with it’s yolk. Fresh eggs from our hens….. Mix in some fresh goats milk from our goats…
        Add some fresh fruit , blueberries / strawberries / apples / banana and or a tad bit of honey from our neighbors and or some organic maple syrup. Blend it all up. Good stuff…oh yeah and a nice cup of freshly ground organic sumatra coffee run through the expresso machine mixed in with some raw sugar and more goats milk…
        Can we say Good Morning!

        I mix it up every few days and scramble some or sunny side up….either way organic – free range eggs… store bought has nothing on them…..look and taste better….

        mgzzcool wrote on August 10th, 2012
      • :-) I do likewise but without any additives other than an ounce of goats milk and a little…every little salt. Same with coffee minus the sugar and milk. That’s breakfast about four times a week. Also, our eggs come from our own hens, too. One of the best things…I believe..I can do for myself. And my grandmother had a raw egg in a little milk every other day during the winters, most of her life. Never saw a doctor..not at all…and live to reach her century! (She also had meat every day cooked in animal fat, only spread she used was butter and had no health problems except a ripe old age!

        Nancy Cleveland wrote on December 23rd, 2012
        • My father have been drinking raw eggs with squeezed orange juice for over thirty years and still going on strong. You guys have to get the OG experience coffee. The best and you save a lot of money in comparison to starbucks and others. drinkhealthykoffee.organogold.com. Not only it has a wonderful taste but one cup will have your motor running all day. I have a cup every morning and a cup before i work out takes my workout to the roof

          Mr. B Andre wrote on August 13th, 2013
    • I have never tried that is it good to drink raw eggs

      Ella wrote on November 5th, 2012
    • i break eggs wit mah butthole and poop the egg white into my protien shake and eat it

      poopx wrote on January 18th, 2013
      • :o me too, I thought I was the only one

        Poopzzz wrote on March 16th, 2013
    • I drank raw eggs and milk my whole life. I was raised in a rural area and no, we did not live on a farm or raise chickens, our eggs came from the supermarket. Many people in my area drank this. I never got sick. For me it was a godsend because I didn’t like to eat much and I was very tiny girl growing up and a very small woman until after 40. I still weighed only 95 lbs when I was 40. I was always active and worked out and my size was genetics because my father was 6’2″, strong as an Ox, and never weighed over 142 lbs his entire life. After 40 as I became less active I quit drinking this due to calories and weight control. However, I still love it. But I would mix 2 eggs, 2/3 cup of milk, a little nutmeg and cinnamon, a touch of sweeter (honey, sugar, your choice) and mix with some ice to make it very cold. I drank it immediately. It was a great substitute for a breakfast meal because I never liked eating in the morning even though I grew up in a family of 8 and my mother prepared a huge breakfast every morning because it was the most important meal and my father was a drywall (sheetrock) worker and he had to have a large meal with meat.

      Dee wrote on March 20th, 2013
      • You just described a virgin egg nog (which one-serving size is known as a flip.)

        Flips/(homemade) egg nog is the only way I take my eggs completely raw. After some years of making hollandaise sauce, I finally think runny egg yolk is tasty.

        GL wrote on October 27th, 2013
    • Has any one noticed a loss in weight by eating raw eggs ?

      Kathy wrote on June 15th, 2013
      • Yes,

        But I can’t really covey that the raw eggs CAUSED me to lose weight. For me, I think the eggs simply curbed my appetite, and displaced some of the bad foods. And, strangely, I seem to feel better when drinking raw eggs.

        Dave wrote on July 23rd, 2013
    • GLUTATHIONE is the key that our body loses 1% every year as we age and the main source are raw eggs..Its so important in orter for our brain to maintain good function……..I eat 3 raw organic eggs with 40g of whey powder every morning and I also take Milk thistle to add more glutathione levels and tumeric to reduce inflammation in the body……….

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/glutathione-the-mother-of_b_530494.html

      Mike wrote on November 6th, 2013
      • Is there a significant nutritional difference between the brown cage-free eggs I purchase at Costco, and their white “normal” eggs? I have noticed that the brown cage-free yolks are more perky/taller, but I can’t really feel a difference when I eat them. Also, thanks for the link.

        Dave wrote on November 7th, 2013
    • You go girl!

      Sean wrote on February 3rd, 2014
  2. I primarily eat them in a scramble or sunny side up_ but this post makes me curious about raw eggs. I might whip up a pwo shake and crack some in.
    My cousin used to just crack them straight into his mouth… Now that’s primal.

    randy wrote on February 15th, 2010
    • I also enjoy my eggs mostly scrambled. I enjoy them sunny side up other times too. I have been curious about raw eggs recently and will experiment by adding a couple to a smoothie.

      If I learn to handle raw eggs in a smoothie then talk about a simple and easy meal to make!!

      Primal Toad wrote on March 16th, 2011
  3. Mark, great post. Very interesting. Thanks for helping to shed some light on this issue.

    mandy wrote on February 15th, 2010
  4. I eat eggs every day. I’ve actually been doing the ADEAD (a dozen eggs a day) that you suggested in the ‘How to Lose Fat and Build Muscle’ post. It’s going really well. I like to eat them throughout the day all different ways. The best I’ve found are the ‘sunny side up’. They have a little bit of the raw goodness but the whites are mostly cooked…m-m-m-m-m eggy!

    Joel M wrote on February 15th, 2010
  5. I think variety is the key here. Thanks for the information Mark!

    gilliebean wrote on February 15th, 2010
    • I agree- variety is the spice of life! but i usually eat my eggs over easy to neutralize the avidin in the whites and not damage the cholesterol in the yolks!
      The liver can then recognize the cholesterol (if yolk is raw) and produce less of its own natural cholesterol, which places less stress on the body.

      I also love my hemp, chlorella, & nuts for protein too! :) how about you?

      jay wrote on February 17th, 2010
  6. The Cavebrother and I go through 35-40 eggs a week. Once or twice a week I put a couple in a shake. I didn’t know most of this… but it seems like I’m doing it right. Hooray for me.

    Caveman Sam wrote on February 15th, 2010
  7. I cook 2 eggs sunny side up on medium heat using about 20 grams of pasture butter in a small pan. Only cook them until the white is half done (mostly uncooked on top).
    Then slide them onto a warm plate and pour the molten butter on the top of the egg white to cook the rest of the egg white. The yolk will stay almost uncooked.
    Best of both worlds I think. Raw yolk and cooked whites.
    Plus the liquid butter together with egg tastes phenomenal.
    That, plus a 1/4 avocado and a hand full of raw spinach makes the perfect breakfast.

    Tom M wrote on February 15th, 2010
    • Thanks for this. Love the idea of finishing the cooking by pouring the butter over. I will do this for brekky tomorrow

      Chris wrote on September 15th, 2012
  8. I pasteurize my eggs for putting in shakes. I’ve read that this increases the level of protein digested to that of cooked eggs and eliminates the biotin issue. The eggs also last longer in the fridge. Although I tend to go through them in a week anyway.

    Doug Kent wrote on February 15th, 2010
  9. I love my eggs. Did the raw thing a couple of times, but I prefer lightly scrambled and/or sunny side up. My family keep telling me I eat to many because of mainstream nutrition “fact”. I just laugh and continue to eat about six a day.

    Aaron Curl wrote on February 15th, 2010
  10. If I’m cooking, the eggs are lightly fried in butter over low heat and covered. This cooks the white and spares the yolk.

    If I’m going raw, I toss the white and fill a glass with five or six yolks. Maybe sprinkle a bit of black pepper, then down the hatch.

    erik.cisler wrote on February 15th, 2010
  11. don’t forget about pickled eggs! I put some peeled hard-boiled eggs in with beets. In a couple days you have some lovely purple eggs to slice up for the big ass salad.

    Peggy wrote on February 15th, 2010
  12. Rotating protein sources is important to keep away food allergies. Peanuts, shellfish, strawberries, chocolate, wheat, eggs and dairy are some of the more antigenic (irritating) foods, whereas rice is not that antigenic.
    An elimination and reintroduction diet is an excellent way to determine allergies but it takes time, discipline and attention to detail.

    Kishore wrote on February 15th, 2010
  13. Dude,

    After going 25+ years of not eating eggs, they are (back?) in my diet – which you get a partial thanks for.

    Scrambled with meat, plenty of veggies, a couple dashes of sriracha sauce, and maybe some sweet potatoes make for a most satisfying breakfast!

    Ryan Denner wrote on February 15th, 2010
  14. I like eggs. While I have eaten them raw, I never found them to taste as good that way. I usually eat them as an omelet or cooked over-easy in bacon grease. Yum!

    Kent Hawley wrote on February 15th, 2010
  15. The study on raw egg protein available was done on five ileostomy patients. Are there other studies that show the same thing but studied people in good health? Perhaps those patients were not adapted to raw eating or perhaps their condition skewed the results.

    cbc5g wrote on February 15th, 2010
    • Actually these studies are best done on ileostomy patients, which is why it is sometimes very difficult to do a good bioavailability study. The idea is to distinguish between digestion and absorpiton by the human (via stomach and small intestine) vs. digestion / fermentation by its gut flora (in the large intestine). This cannot really be done while the large intestine is still hooked up.

      Primatologist Richard Wrangham explains these studies in his latest book, “Catching Fire,” which describes some of the research on how nutritional bioavailability of certain foods may be increased by cooking (particularly meats, eggs and starchy roots).

      http://books.google.com/books?id=RekfQAAACAAJ

      Greg P wrote on February 15th, 2010
  16. I like my yolks soft/runny, hmm so creamy~
    I dont’ like egg white in general…but I hate to waste, so I eat them anyways, but definitely cooked.

    riceball wrote on February 15th, 2010
  17. My six hens are giving me 4 eggs a day! Hopefully soon I will get 6 a day. I usually eat them fried in butter with with a runny yolk. I also hard boil some to take with me on the go.

    Rusty Willhoite wrote on February 15th, 2010
  18. Wow … I’d really like to try a raw egg, but it just looks so creepy! I’ll have to try one in a shake sometime. I cook my eggs pretty well … I like them crispy. But I will try to get used to them on the softer side. Thanks for the great post!

    OrangeGirl wrote on February 15th, 2010
    • Well,i have resd thru most of these comments on eggs cooked or raw,and while i like eggs and i have had them every morning for as far back as i can remember. my chose is sunny side up with my bacon and a potatoe patty.i am now 77 and dispite some warnings from my doctor my health is fine,and of course i luv my egg nogg,wish i had agood recipie so i did not have to buy the stuff

      charles wrote on November 7th, 2011
  19. Rusty, what do you feed your chickens? I’d like to raise some, but I’m not so sure that they need to eat grain. I know left to their own devices, they eat bugs. But if I want 4-5 in my backyard, what’s the best way to do it?

    Dave, RN wrote on February 15th, 2010
    • Countryside Organics has an excellent soy-free organic feed, although it is pricey compared to soy formulas. Grains don’t hurt chickens the same way they do ruminants, they actually do eat some naturally. They are omnivores, they eat anything! Including, as you said, bugs, but also small reptiles/amphibians, rodents, etc. But sufficient green plant matter is also important, that’s what gives pastured egg yolks their beautiful orange color. You can build your own mobile coop pretty easily and cheaply ($100ish for materials for the simplest designs, plus 4-8 hours labor) that you put them up in at night (they eventually put themselves up, you just have to lock the coop) to keep them safe from predators, and you can let them free range during the day. Then, when they eat up the grass where the coop is, you just pull the coop to give them a new patch. Hope that helps!

      Amanda wrote on June 16th, 2011
    • I would like to raise chickens. What is healthy and safe to feed them?

      Flora Alvarado wrote on June 16th, 2011
      • We have had six chickens since late Spring when we got them as pullets. We feed them an organic feed, occasionally a little scratch. We bought two coops and, because we are close to woods where fox, feral cats, racoons etc. abound we DO have a run for them but we bought a ten x fifteen chain link dog run, cutting openings just big enough for the doorways to the coops to enter into the run, coops are outside the run so as not to limit the chicks space. We got some branches from the woods, some pvc pipe and made corner perches for them (they are also flighty girls!) and we clamped a heavy duty tarp over the back half of the chain link run so they have some weather protection (the run backs up to our big shed). We had Hurricane Sandy, Nor’ Easters, blazing heat and all came through healthy and happy, never once not laying. We give them ears of corn, turnip greens, mustard greens, herbs, fruits they CAN have (they LOVE watermelon) other veggies, Kashi, Quinoa, cooked pasta (not often). They’ve grown up beautifully and lay very well…big, brown eggs with beautiful yolks. A good site for you would be http://www.backyardchickens.com. Good luck and I hope you enjoy!

        Nancy Cleveland wrote on December 23rd, 2012
    • actually…free range chickens produce very healthy eggs and are more recommended than grain fed, the same can be said of beef/turkey etc.

      Gladys wrote on June 27th, 2011
    • Try ordering some meal worms online for your chickens. Make a farm for them to procreate. You can find sellers and instructionals online

      Derek wrote on March 22nd, 2013
  20. I recently decided to lightly whip a raw egg in a fancy champagne glass and down it. It was a wonderful experience that I will repeat over and over. As a woman on the go it’s a breakfast that can’t get any easier!

    Dal wrote on February 15th, 2010
  21. Cooked eggs make me feel sick to my stomach. I eat raw yolks just fine.

    zach wrote on February 15th, 2010
  22. I have been eating between 6-10 eggs everyday for the last 3 years. Just started using coconut oil for the scrambling!

    I love eggs.

    dr. pierre debs wrote on February 15th, 2010
  23. Charles Poliquin,a trainer of elite athletes wrote that hot tap water running over the eggs for 1 min. would eliminate the avidin issue and make the protein more bio available.I assume that is room temperature eggs.

    john wrote on February 15th, 2010
  24. Rusty, what do you feed your chickens? I’d like to raise some, but I’m not so sure that they need to eat grain. I know left to their own devices, they eat bugs. But if I want 4-5 in my backyard, what’s the best way to do it?

    I have a small coop with a wire run. The coop has a box at the back where I can reach in and collect the eggs. They are fed laying pellets which does have grain. They are allowed to free range also and love eating bugs grass and lots of other stuff. I have seen them eat a frog before!

    Rusty wrote on February 15th, 2010
    • The chickens on our farm love fresh weeds and greens but also eat grain. They love the bugs and worms from fresh spread compost. Yum.

      Liz P wrote on March 16th, 2011
    • It sounds to me like you are on the right track,but if in doubt go to your local feed store and talk to someone there,these people are well versed ib all type of feed.

      charles wrote on November 7th, 2011
  25. Anyone ever eat the shell?

    I had a teammate in college who would put a whole egg, shell and all, in his protein shakes.

    Kurt wrote on February 15th, 2010
    • The shell is rich in calcium, so it certainly can’t hurt. Some people grind up the shell to use as a calcium supp.

      beckinwolf wrote on February 15th, 2010
  26. I used to love soft boiled eggs, now i love raw egg yolks, I eat the yolks with a bowl of raw cultured (fermented) cream – usually kefir cream. It’s just like custard – and full of amazing fat. so satiating as well. I save up the egg whites, and usually cook them for my mum as i don’t care for egg whites much, but im thinking next time i might try and make meringues with stevia

    reamz wrote on February 15th, 2010
  27. Between myself, hubby, and the little sprouts in our home we go through at least seven dozen eggs a week – and that’s just breakfast. In general, they’re scrambled.

    When I’m pregnant or want to boost milk supply for a nursing Grokling, I make a shake with two raw egg yolks in it daily (I just can’t do the whites raw).

    I also love the raw yolk in steak tartare. That’s a tasty dish!

    Kristen wrote on February 15th, 2010
  28. I like eggs cooked in any form, mainly poached. I very rarely eat raw eggs, maybe 3-4 times a year.
    Organic eggs taste better.

    Organic Gabe wrote on February 15th, 2010
  29. I have chickens, and second the above comment that organic eggs taste better. There is a clear difference between the egg yolks in eggs from my chickens, and those bought at the store. They’re much deeper yellow, and a lot creamier.

    If you’re eating homegrown eggs raw, please make sure that you’re thoroughly washing the shells of the eggs first, because they can contain loads of microorganisms.

    hoff wrote on February 15th, 2010
  30. I’ll pass on the raw eggs. I like to cook eggs sous vide so that the yolks are runny and the whites are like soft custard.

    Alex wrote on February 15th, 2010
  31. I eat about three eggs a day. I cook two of them (scrambled or fried with the yolks runny), and the third I crack into my hand, let the white run out, and swallow the yolk whole.

    Bess wrote on February 15th, 2010
  32. I make a Jay Robb chocolate egg mocha a few times a week. Frozen banana, water, one farm raised organic egg, ice, 1oz heavy cream, 1 tsp instant coffee, 1 scoop whey protein powder. Mix in blender, I use the Bella mixer (like the Bullet) and it tastes like a super smooth frappe from the old days.

    Debbie wrote on February 15th, 2010
  33. I toss a raw egg from my own backyard chickens into a smoothie a couple times per week. Usually, I gently fry in butter or make a tasty veggie scramble.

    Rach wrote on February 15th, 2010
  34. Eggs are amazing. I eat them everyday.

    As a kid, I always loved to eat my eggs Sunny Side up. I guess it’s true that we instinctively know what to eat when we’re younger.

    I eat them scrambled every once and a while, but I can’t resist a classic.

    Martin_Panorama wrote on February 15th, 2010
  35. An article from Dr. Mercola discussing raw eggs. Hope the link works!

    Important Update on Eating Raw Eggs

    leeboy4130 wrote on February 15th, 2010
  36. add a little nutmeg, coconut milk and vanilla and you’ve got some egg nog.

    mike wrote on February 15th, 2010
  37. I personally eat my eggs cooked. I enjoy an omelet filled with veggies 3 times a week. I cook on low to medium heat and leave the yolk runny. This makes for a perfect breakfast. A green smoothie beforehand makes it completely perfect of course!

    Todd wrote on February 15th, 2010
  38. I read this great article on eggs a while back from dr.Mercola

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2005/02/09/raw-eggs.aspx

    there’s a couple of other articles on eggs there too.

    I think I read something about eating the egg whole – both yoke and whites eliminated the deficiency issue – but I can’t be sure if it was completely – or to a minor point (which might be significant if one east a great deal of eggs a day)

    Eggs are great :D

    Kari wrote on February 15th, 2010
  39. Everyday for the last 18 months my breakfast has been a smoothie consisting of: 4 (even 5 or 6 if in strength/size mode) whole raw free range eggs, frozen mixed berries, coconut cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, water.
    Just this week I also started adding some psyllium husks & chia seeds – a bit of extra fibre to accomodate increased caloric intake through heavy strength phase.
    I know I should use more variety – I do for other meals – but damn, this smoothie is delicious! I never get sick of it, and clearly have no allergic tendencies to the raw eggs.
    Have given this recipe to several friends/family/clients too, and all feedback has been positive.
    Raw eggs gets 2 thumbs up from me.
    But some Biotin supps you say?….will look into that.

    Will wrote on February 15th, 2010
  40. After a bad experience with raw egg as a child (I drank one thinking it was orange juice – I know, better for me, but not what I was expecting), I just recently started eating eggs again. I’m sticking with cooked for now.

    johnmc wrote on February 15th, 2010

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